Asked by Matt Morris on 2014-11-13

Good morning,

I see from another post that a demo site has already been requested and that the response was that it could simply be downloaded and tested. However, I am not a network technician (nor do I have easy access to one) and I'm not looking to go through the process of installing Ubuntu in order to test the software. The 'ordinary teacher' just wants to be able to get in there and have a test drive.

I would be really appreciative if there were a test site that I could look at and assess, as SchoolTool looks as if it could be a valuable tool for my staff and I.

Kind regards.

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Tom Hoffman (tom-hoffman) said : #1

Where in the world are you Matt?

Matt Morris (matt-morris9) said : #2

I'm in the UK.

Tom Hoffman (tom-hoffman) said : #3

If we hosted a version for you it would be GBP 1000/year, and this would not fulfill government reporting requirements. Are you still interested?

Matt Morris (matt-morris9) said : #4

All I am after is a demo site to trial the software. If it is suitable, I would look at solutions to host it here.

Tom Hoffman (tom-hoffman) said : #5

Perhaps then you could ask someone there to host a demo for you.

Matt Morris (matt-morris9) said : #6

As I said in my first post, I really don't have the means to do that. Going through the process of organising it would not be worth the time and effort - I've already wasted a day here.

It seems very strange to me that a demo isn't available, given that every other MIS (both open source and paid service) have this availability. It's almost as if you don't want anyone to use it.

I'm afraid you've lost the interest of an entire academy chain of users.

Tom Hoffman (tom-hoffman) said : #7

Sorry this didn't work out, but I probably just saved you (and us) some time.

I flew to London earlier in the year and spent two days with a founding board member of an academy who was technically adept and extremely keen to use SchoolTool and host it locally. Nonetheless, after going through all the details, it was clear to both of us that SchoolTool is not viable as a MIS for an English academy at this point, due to the complexity of English reporting requirements.

Beyond that, in a relatively mature ed tech market like England (compared to, say, Uganda or Nepal) the only feature that would conceivably set SchoolTool apart is the ease of installation for local hosting by the school. If you aren't interested, at all, in hosting SchoolTool yourself, it is very unlikely that you would end up choosing it.

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